Three years ago, I walked, somewhat nervously, up West End Lane to the first whampgather. The turnout was better than I'd expected. Maybe, I thought, just maybe, I'd do a second one.
This November, you are all invited to the TENTH whampgather. Yes, we've made it to double figures.
[UPDATE: We're sold out, but there's a waiting list and as we always have dropouts, I strongly suggest putting your name down if you'd like to come - scroll to the bottom for the link.]
Where: The Alliance, Mill Lane
When: November 15th, from 7.15pm to late (late licence)
Cost: free (but you'll need a ticket - scroll down for the ticket link)
Autumn is well and truly on us. It's time to dust off any cobwebs left over from Halloween, get warm and cosy with your neighbours, and get your whampgroove on at what promises to be the biggest whampgather of them all. We have exclusive use of The Alliance, and the landlord Michael is promising us a great night.
DJ Stoney will be manning the decks as only he can; the raffle is back raising money for The Winch (we made £500 last time); and there are special offers on beer and wine. The Alliance also has a good food menu, so why not come early and get dinner there too.
Finally, X really does mark the spot - in the week running up to Whampgather there will be a Treasure Hunt competition with a special prize on the night. Keep an eye on the website for more details nearer the time.
If you're not familiar with the whole #whampgather thing, then read this overview. In a nutshell, it's a big party open to all ages, and is an amazingly good way to meet some locals. Put it this way - we wouldn't be having a tenth one if the previous nine hadn't been all types of brilliant.
The Alliance is a new whampgather venue for us. It's a proper local pub that frankly more people should be checking out, and having had two gathers down at the southern edge of West Hampstead, it's time to turn our sights to the northern reaches.
Getting there: Kilburn tube is slightly nearer than West Hampstead tube (10 mins vs. 15 mins), and the C11 stops 20 seconds away. It is NOT hard to get to!
Whampgather is FREE, but because we have exclusive hire of the pub, you will need a ticket. Register below (or you can go to the Eventbrite page)